Rehacare International 2017: Everything that keeps people mobile

Rehacare International 2017: Everything that keeps people mobile

The world’s leading trade fair for rehabilitation and care, Rehacare, takes place from 4 to 7 October 2017 in Düsseldorf. With more than 700 exhibitors, the 40th edition of Rehacare International shines the spotlight on mobility for the disabled. Exhibitors from 36 countries such as the UK, Canada, China, Denmark and Taiwan will present innovative resources aimed at enabling “self-determined living”. They include over 200 international manufacturers of wheelchairs, mobility vehicles and walking aids. In addition, 21 companies that modify vehicles will highlight the technical options available for adapting cars to almost every type of disability. The trade fair will furthermore offer a wide range of ideas and products for barrier-free living, leisure, travel and sports.


Exciting show event in cooperation with ETH Zurich

In cooperation with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics university ETH Zurich, Rehacare International is organising a “Cybathlon Experience”. This is a new type of event format that has already met with great success in Zurich where it was held in October 2016. Its aim is to raise awareness among the general public for the need for a more inclusive society.

At the same time, it is also intended to provide a high-profile platform for research and development into as well as the manufacture of modern assistance systems. The “Cybathlon Experience” in Düsseldorf gives all visitors the opportunity to see the impressive range of assistance technology available for disabled people for themselves. Show competitions will be held on two courses that have to be completed using wheelchairs and/or robotic exoskeletons.


Specialist lectures and a comprehensive cultural programme in the Rehacare Forum

The Rehacare Forum invites visitors to come to Hall 6 to attend lectures and panel discussions, as well as take part in an art and cultural programme. This year, the open access information platform addresses 20 topics. It focuses not only on innovation in rehabilitation, but also on the new German regulation governing the provision of treatment and therapeutic aids, on self-help and the inclusion of disabled people in working life. Among the speakers is Verena Jäckel from the St. Vincenz-Gesellschaft mbH.

On Day 1 of the fair, she will set out to explain how the rehabilitation of people with disabilities can be effectively managed through information, communication and cooperation. On Thursday, the German Medical Technology Association (BVMed) will present a first assessment of the German regulation governing the provision of treatment and therapeutic aids, which will be followed by a panel discussion with eminent participants. Representatives of the German Association of Integration Offices and Welfare Authorities, the BHI, and the Federal Agency for Work (BA) will also speak on Thursday about an inclusive job market and how this can be supported and successfully implemented.


The “Care@home” Forum focuses on care in the home

With the “Care@home” forum particular attention is also paid to provision in the home for people with care needs. Scientific, medical and care professionals will speak on each of the trade fair days and cover key topics such as wound care, palliative medicine, dementia and mobility. They will provide attending care professionals and carers who are family members with the latest findings and share useful tips in the course of lectures and discussion rounds.


Gabi Köster and Raúl Krauthausen guests at Rehacare 2017

The specialist programme at Rehacare 2017 is complemented by entertaining panel discussions, interesting case study reports as well as contributions from the world of art and culture. Comedian and author Gabi Köster will be attending on Thursday. The artist from Cologne has herself had a stroke and recorded her experiences in “Ein Schnupfen hat auch gereicht” (A cold was enough).

In Düsseldorf, she will read from her second book and first work of fiction, “Die Chefin” (The female boss). Berlin activist, Raúl Krauthausen, known in Germany for his “Krauthausen – Face to Face” talk show, invites artists and creatives like model and wheelchair-basketball player, Tan Caglar, photographer Anna Spindelndreier and blogger Laura Gehlhaar to take part in live debates on stage. Two theatre performances on the final day of the fair round off the cultural programme.


Congress on the creation of accommodation suitable for older people

The Rehacare congress, “Wir fürs Quartier” (We, supporters of accommodation) takes place on the final day of Rehacare International 2017 in the Congress Center Düsseldorf CCD Süd. It examines various models for the development of accommodation. The introductory German language keynote address “Wie kann eine neue Sozialökonomie im Sozialraum aussehen?” (Options for new socioeconomics in the current social environment?) will be given by Professor Dr. Rolf G. Heinze from the Ruhr University in Bochum. It is followed by further lectures as well as presentations of numerous best practice examples. The Rehacare congress is an independently organised event. Registration is required prior to attendance.


Further information on Rehacare 2017 along with a list of exhibitors and the full supporting programme can be found at Details on the conference may be obtained here:

Please note: Rehacare International is the leading trade fair for rehabilitation and care and is held every autumn in the Düsseldorf exhibition centre. In this anniversary year, halls 4, 5, 6, 7.0 and 7a are open to visitor. Hall 3 will not be in use due to construction works at the exhibition centre.


Red Dot 21 offers you in the category Medicine & Lifescience suitable products from the medical sector, whether you need hearing aids, wheelchairs or products for laboratory equipment, rehabilitation or dentistry.

Posted on 05.09.2017

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